Grin and Bear It, December 25, 1966

Grin and Bear It, December 25, 1966

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Parents buy certain presents for their kids, and other presents for their kids and themselves. Sometimes "I'll help you get it set up" actually means "I get to play with it first." The important part, though, is to not fight over the toys with your kids, because then you give away the secret that not only did you actually buy it for yourself, but you are actually still a kid.

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Gordo, December 19-31, 1966

Gordo, December 19, 1966

Gordo, December 20, 1966

Gordo, December 21, 1966

Gordo, December 22, 1966

Gordo, December 23, 1966

Gordo, December 24, 1966

Gordo, December 26, 1966

Gordo, December 27, 1966

Gordo, December 28, 1966

Gordo, December 29, 1966

Gordo, December 30, 1966

Gordo, December 31, 1966

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Gordo was a groundbreaking comic strip created by Gus Arriola, which started in 1941. Arriola got his start as an animator at Screen Gems and MGM, and during his time at MGM he began developing a comic strip. He had been a huge fan of the Sunday comics growing up, especially Krazy Kat, and had even been able to work on the Krazy Kat animated shorts while he was at Screen Gems. He used his Mexican heritage as an inspiration for the strip, but in trying to give it a wide appeal, he used quite a few degrading and offensive Mexican stereotypes. This was pointed out by critics of the strip, and it caused Arriola to take it in a new direction. Gordo, the titular character, was originally a bean farmer, but lost the farm and had to get a job as a tour guide. Arriola used Gordo's new profession not only to take characters in the strip on tours of Mexico, but to take the readers on those tours as well. Instead of making fun of Mexican culture as it ha…

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Big George, December 24, 1966

Big George, December 24, 1966

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If we are to take the stories of Santa and his reindeer at face value, then I imagine this would happen quite often. So often, in fact, that it would probably be quite a professional hazard for Santa on Christmas Eve. I also would assume there would be far more stories around the world about mysterious holes in the ceiling appearing overnight. I think it's more likely, then, that the sleigh doesn't actually land on the roof, but that the reindeer just hover slightly above the roof and Santa jumps down through the chimney. This would help him to avoid roof damage, as well as save the time it would have taken to land and take off.

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Pogo, December 20, 1966

Pogo, December 20, 1966

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This is just a reminder to please be safe during the holiday. Make the holiday about peace and goodwill and don't let Walt Kelly's cynicism be borne out.

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Grin and Bear It, December 22, 1972

Grin and Bear It, December 22, 1972

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As an introvert, while I think the idea of carolers going door to door and singing is charming, I wouldn't really be happy to have them come to my door. My ideal interaction with carolers would involve just listening to them sing, saying thank you and merry Christmas, and then letting them go on to the next place, but these kinds of things always have to be more complicated than that. I would probably have to talk to them for far longer than seems necessary, and maybe give them something, and I'd probably end up donating money to somewhere because they made me feel guilty. I don't imagine it would be like in that song where they demand a figgy pudding and won't leave until they get some (at least I don't think that happens anymore), but you never know.

Sending them away and telling them you have their recording from last year does seem rude, but it would be effective.

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